For over 120 years, National PTA’s mission has been to promote children’s educational success and health and well-being through strong family engagement and family-school partnerships. National PTA has empowered families and communities to advocate for all children through collaboration, commitment, diversity, respect and accountability.
The Director of Family Engagement at National PTA will lead the association in designing, launching, and managing a new Center for Family Engagement which will enhance National PTA’s work as a leading practice and resource center on family engagement. In this entrepreneurial role, the Director of Family Engagement will take the lead in engaging volunteers, staff, external partners, and experts in the design, implementation and ongoing work of the Center for Family Engagement. Primary duties will include:
- Serve as the lead staff member responsible for designing, launching, and managing National PTA’s new Center for Family Engagement
- Responsible for building the budget, timeline, and action plan to design, launch and manage the Center for Family Engagement
- Engage volunteers, staff, external partners, and experts to help inform the mission and priorities of the Center for Family Engagement through focus groups, surveys, research, and other methods of engagement as needed
- Cultivate existing partner relationships and explore new opportunities with national organizations to support the Center’s mission, research, and programming
- Represent National PTA at meetings, conferences and on national advisory committees and coalitions, as appropriate
- Collaborate with National PTA’s Resource Development team to seek additional funding for research, evaluation, and other priorities to support the Center
- Represent National PTA with sponsors and funders
- Develop family engagement-specific content and collaborate with National PTA’s Communications Department in the development of materials, communications plans, and other content and programming in support of the Center
- Host webinars, workshops and speak about PTA at industry events as appropriate
- Prepare and monitor program timelines, budgets and evaluation tools
- Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIRED SKILLS
- Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and proven success leading the development and execution of a program or initiative
- Knowledge of family engagement and child advocacy issues is required
- Proven networking skills and demonstrated ability to represent PTA with external audiences, especially funders, partners, and leaders in the education sector
- Requires strong creative, critical thinking, and problem solving skills with ability to communicate effectively and build collaborative working relationships
- Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to develop and execute strategic and business plans is required
- Proven ability to research and benchmark best practices, and to collect, analyze and employ data to guide decision-making
- Ability to work independently and as an enthusiastic team player that is highly organized, flexible, and customer-service oriented
- Ability to multi-task, prioritize work and manage time in order to meet multiple deadlines and competing priorities is essential
- Ability to work collaboratively with volunteers is mandatory
- Strong Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills and comfort with/ability to use survey instruments
- Passion for the PTA. Experience with PTA at any level a plus.
- Some travel is required
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree in education or related field. Master’s degree is preferred
- Minimum 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility including working with non-profit associations in the areas of education or child advocacy
- Demonstrated ability to analyze information, assess needs, set goals and solve problems is essential
- Experience with family engagement, community outreach, and volunteer engagement
- Work is performed in a professional office environment; core office hours are 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Position may be required to work occasional evenings and weekends for special programs and/or events
- Incumbents routinely uses standard office equipment including computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, etc.
- This is a largely sedentary role. Routine activities and special events may require the ability to lift files, packages and related materials weighing up to 20 lbs. and to bend or stand as necessary
- Position located in National PTA, Alexandria, VA headquarters
- Position requires ≤ 10% travel domestically
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and throughout the recruiting and interview process.
Our generous benefits package includes: medical, dental, disability and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement plans with employer matching contributions, 10 days of paid vacation plus the week between December 24 and January 31, 12 days of paid sick leave, with additional personal leave and 10 paid holidays.
If this is you and you are eager to make meaningful contributions to a highly relevant and important mission, please send a cover letter with your salary requirements, resume, and a writing sample with your application to Sandra Armenta, Director of Human Resources.
The National PTA is wholly dedicated to recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse group of talented people. We are committed to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected criteria, in accordance with applicable Federal and State laws.
For more information about the National PTA please view our website at www.pta.org.